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On International Day against the Use of Child Soldiers, EU High Representative Federica Mogherini, and UN Special Representative for Children and Armed Conflict, Virginia Gamba, renewed the commitment of the EU and the UN to work together to end the recruitment and use of children in conflict situations, and to effectively support the reintegration of children associated with parties to conflict.
“One day they come and get you in groups. I was the oldest one. I remember it as if it were yesterday. There were at least six persons on me, because I was imploring, I didn’t want to. I was convinced that I would die. I was 9 years old…”, one victim relates. The pain… the horror… more than 200 million females across the world – women, girls, infants alike - have, like this victim, suffered the torture of female genital mutilation, including 500,000 in Europe. The EU is at the forefront of global efforts to end female genital mutilation by 2030. Female genital mutilation is a crime in all EU Member States, and this year we have seen the first convictions of persons that conducted this criminal practice.
The project “Development of human rights education and research activities at the Universidade Nacional Timor Lorosa’e” aims at contributing to the promotion of human rights, peace, democracy, development and conflict resolution, by strengthening knowledge, skills and networks at the local, national and international levels.
ASTANA– On the occasion of the 70th Anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights on 10 December 2018 the International Human Rights Awards ceremony and the solemn reception was held in Astana. The event is organized by the European Union Delegation to Kazakhstan jointly with the Embassies of Canada, Switzerland, the US and the United Nations agencies.